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Fort Clinch

A part of the park system since 1935, Fort Clinch is one of the most well preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although not a sight for any battles, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars. During the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps began preserving and rebuilding many of the structures of the abandoned fort. Daily tours with period re-enactors depicting garrison life bring the fort to life for visitors.

Natural and historical resources, Fort Clinch offers visitors a state recreation area with picnic sites, shelling, saltwater fishing, hiking, nature study and a guided tour that lets you experience the history first-hand. Named for General Duncan Lamont Clinch, an important figure in Florida’s Seminole War of 1830, Fort Clinch is a remarkably well preserved historical site. During the Civil War, the fort transferred from Confederate to Union hands and saw action briefly during the Spanish American War. The Civilian Conservation Corps opened the park and the fort to the public in 1938. With special events throughout the year, Fort Clinch offers visitors a myriad of opportunities to enjoy nature, history, and recreation with a sense of adventure of discovery.

Sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing are popular activities at the beach. Anglers can fish from the pier or take advantage of excellent surf fishing. Hikers and bicyclists can enjoy a six-mile trail through the park. Self-guided nature trails provide opportunities to learn about and observe native plants and wildlife. A full-facility campground and a youth camping area provide overnight accommodations.

For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch.


Biking »

Enjoy the beautiful biking paths and roads through Fort Clinch State Park. Learn more »

Bird Watching

Bird Watching »

Learn the secrets of spotting Amelia’s most elusive birds from the expert: Pat Leary. Learn more »


Camping »

Sea oats are a type of grass that grows along the East Coast and the Gulf Coast of the United States, Mexico, and on islands in the Caribbean. Learn more »


Canoeing »

Canoeing, like kayaking, offers the beauty of nature on the northern tip of Amelia Island, just off Fort Clinch State Park. Learn more »


Fishing »

Recreational fishing has conventions, rules, licensing restrictions and laws that limit the way in which fish may be caught. Fort Clinch’s pier offers tremendous fishing. Learn more »


Hiking & Swimming »

Fort Clinch’s hiking trails offer beauty and great exercise, especially with a dip in the water afterward. Learn more »

Historical Significance

Historical Significance »

Discover living history as you explore the remarkable fort, barracks, and ocean overlook at Fort Clinch. Learn more »


Kayaking »

Kayaking in the sound north of Fort Clinch offers breathtaking views of Cumberland Island and Fort Clinch on the Atlantic Ocean. Learn more »

Nature Walk

Nature Walk »

Take a nature walk and learn about the flora and fauna at Fort Clinch. Learn more »

Photo Spots

Photo Spots »

Looking for the perfect photo opportunity? Fort Clinch offers a myriad of opportunities for remarkable photographs. Learn more »


Picnicking »

Picnicking at Fort Clinch offers an adjacent playground, an ocean or the sound overlooking Cumberland Island. Learn more »


Sailing »

Most of the sailors in and around Amelia Island sail in the sound north of Fort Clinch, with views of both the state park and Cumberland Island. Learn more »

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Drive Time:

  • Jacksonville 45 min
  • St Augustine 1 hr 30 min
  • Savannah 2 hrs
  • Orlando 3 hrs
  • Tampa 4 hrs
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